Area 662

Main Information
Area ID 662
Site Mersin-Yumuktepe
Area type settlement
Area NR
Period Anatolia: Middle Neolithic
Dating method material culture
radiocarbon dating
Radiocarbon dated yes
Earliest date: Lab Number
Earliest date: 14C age (BP) 7380
Earliest date: Calibration yes
Earliest date: 14C age calibrated (BC) 6293
Earliest date: Date of calibration None
Earliest date: Standard deviation 80
Earliest date: Delta 13C None
Earliest date: Dated by
Latest date: Lab Number
Latest date: 14C age (BP) 7090
Latest date: Calibration yes
Latest date: 14C age calibrated (BC) 5850
Latest date: Date of calibration None
Latest date: Standard deviation 70
Latest date: Delta 13C None
Latest date: Dated by
Period Reference Özdoğan, Mehmet, The Neolithic in Turkey. New Excavations & New Research. Central Turkey, None, None
Caneva, I., Mersin-Yumuktepe in the Seventh Millennium BC: an updated view, 2012, None, None
Comment C14: 7380 +/- 80 BP (6293 - 6060 cal. BC); 7090 +/- 70 BP (5980 - 5850 cal. BC)
Settlement type tell
Settlement structure
Settlement building type
Settlement building shape
Settlement building technique
Settlement archaeological features pit
Cave/rockshelters type None
Cave/rockshelters: Evidence of graves/human remains
Cave/rockshelters: Evidence of occupation
Quarry exploitation type None
Quarry raw material
Cemetery/graves topography
Cemetery/graves mortuary features
Grave: number of graves
Grave type
Grave: type of human remains
Grave: estimated number of individuals
Grave: age groups
Grave: sexes
Grave: number of female sex None
Grave: number of male sex None
Grave: number of not specified sex None
Grave: disturbance of graves
Description about 1m thick deposit-layer, corresponding to levels XXVII - XXVI, therefore there were two consistent architectural levels with the same technical characteristics; the architecture was more complex than in the Early Neolithic; the phase was uncovered in the northwestern area of the mound; the only occupation level lay northern of the EBA complex and consisted of a wide brownish-black surface with no architectural remains, but there were several deep pits that had been dug into the Early Neolithic deposits. This surface probably was an open area at the edge of the settlement that had been artificially created (retaining wall of several courses of huge stones laid in a line into the burnt deposits from the Early Neolithic) --> earliest terrace that had been cut into the slopes of the mound; EBA exposure: the large, oblong stones from the Early Neolithic were replaced by smaller round/oval stones (sometimes roughly shaped on outer side); the building has probably been slightly modified over time, but the same plan was maintained. The C14 dates mentioned above were maintained for this building, which is consistent with its long use.
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Interpretations related to this Area
Interpretation ID 86
ID 87